October (2018) The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon is an innovative five-month endurance building running/walking program for K-5th graders. In order to participate in the event, each child will run a total of 25.2 miles in increments of one-quarter to one mile from September to January. Each student will run in PE class and a running log sheet will be kept to track his/her progress. Mileage is based on adult supervision and the honor system. The children will complete their final mile of the marathon on Saturday, February 9, 2019, on the actual course of the Mercedes Marathon. As each child completes the final distance and crosses the official finish line they will receive a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes Marathon finisher’s medal (a miniature version of the Mercedes Marathon finisher’s medal). There are no official winners. Our motto is “if you had fun you won!”. Your child must run on Saturday, February 9, 2019, on the official course to receive his or her medal.